Geek Rock: An Exploration Of Music And Subculture by Alex DiblasiGeek Rock: An Exploration Of Music And Subculture by Alex Diblasi

Geek Rock: An Exploration Of Music And Subculture

EditorAlex Diblasi, Victoria Willis

Hardcover | August 14, 2014

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Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture examines the relationship between geek culture and popular music, tracing a history from the late 1960's up to the present day. And just what is "geek rock"? Among scholars and fans, it refers to forms of popular music that celebrate all things campy, kitschy, and quirky. In this collection of essays, contributors explore the evolution of this rock music genre from writing songs about cars and girls to songs about monster movies, outer space, and just what it means to be "white and nerdy."
Alex DiBlasi has done extensive research on The Kinks, The Who, The Monkees, Frank Zappa, and the influences of Eastern religion in popular music. His other fields of research include experimental film, Czech New Wave cinema, and east European History. Victoria Willis, Ph.D., is a research analyst in the Office of Institutional Rese...
Title:Geek Rock: An Exploration Of Music And SubcultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 14, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: "Q: Are We Not Geeks? A: We Are Geek Rock!"Chapter 1 "Frank Zappa: Godfather of Geek Rock"Alex DiBlasi, independent scholarChapter 2 "Taste, Kitsch, and Geek Rock: A Multiple Modernities View"Martina Topic, University of ZagrebChapter 3 "Futurists and New Traditionalists: The Antagonistic Critique of Devo and Italian Futurism"Ian Steinberg, Wilfrid Laurier UniversityChapter 4 "Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Geek Rock: Haustor and Darko Rundek"Julijana Zhabeva-Papazova, DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski-LujChapter 5 "They Might Be Lacanian: They Might Be Giants, Jacques Lacan, and the Rhetoric of Geek Rock"Victoria Willis, Georgia State UniversityChapter 6 "'A Very Subtle Joke': T.S. Eliot, J. D. Salinger, and the Puer Aeternus in God Shuffled His Feet"Paul Alexander Cantrell, independent scholarChapter 7 "'Fuck Me, I'm Twee': Performing Gender and Age in Twee PopCaroline Gates-Shannon, independent scholarChapter 8 "Man [Seeking] Asto-man?: Nouveau Surf Rock and the Futuristic-Past Nostalgic"Shannon Finck, Georgia State UniversityChapter 9 "The Geek's Guide to Love: Knowledge and Failure in the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs"Nadav Appel, Bar-Ilan UniversityChapter 10 "'My God, What an Infantile Gesture': The Mountain Goats as Emblematic of Geek Rock's Relationship with the Authentic"Taylor Peters, independent scholarChapter 11 "'Now It's Time for a Little Braggadocio': Nerdcore Rap, Race, and the Politics ofAppropriation"Christopher Russell, Northwestern UniversityAppendix 1: Contributor BiographiesAppendix 2: Suggested Listening

Editorial Reviews

DiBlasi and Willis collected eleven essays from around the world, trying to cover the how, when, where, and whys of geek culture's music from its earliest preferences, which include (as said previously) Zappa and Beefheart, Devo, They Might Be Giants and on to what has now become known as 'nerdcore.' These various essays aren't simply a fan's point of view; rather these are serious cultural and musical looks, evaluations and dissections. . . .As a fan of Beefheart and an appreciator of Zappa, I would say, yes, do check this book out. And extra applause for compiling a serious book on a musical subculture; this is not a predictable tome of fan fluff. These are smart music people.